SEATTLE, Wa. (WIVB) — Just months after moving to Seattle and ending his lengthy career with the Buffalo Bills, Fred Jackson has been involved in a car crash. Original reports say he crashed a black corvette while street racing on the streets of Seattle, however Jackson has since spoken out on his behalf.
According to the original report by TMZ, both Jackson and former Buffalo Bill Marshawn Lynch were drag racing each other in sports cars when Jackson lost control of his vehicle, crashing into a large planter box and then a stop sign.
Police responded to the scene where they investigated, then cleaned up the scene. Marshawn Lynch and other fellow Seahawks teammates waited to ensure Jackson was taken care of.
Jackson confirmed his teammates who were concerned about him rushed to the scene — which was just a short distance from the Seahawks training facility — to ensure he didn’t suffer injury in the crash.
“Thanks (to) everyone worried about me,” Jackson said. “I lost control of my car. My teammates, including Marshawn (Lynch), stopped (to) check on me. They weren’t (racing) me.”
Police in the City of Renton say Jackson crashed after losing control, damaging its front end. Police who investigated definitively said their investigations did not support drag racing.
“Early news releases indicated that Jackson was racing another team member and was removed from the scene by team security before officers could investigate,” David Leibman, public information officer for the City of Renton Police Department, said. “These reports are false. As of this time, there is no indication that Jackson was racing another vehicle.”
Officers who investigated described Jackson as polite and cooperative, confirming he remained on scene until officers could speak to him.
Immediately following TMZ’s report, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora took to Twitter to announce his sources denied any illegal street racing. La Canfora wasn’t alone, Seattle Seahawk Cliff Avrill also took to Twitter to deny the reports.
“All I’m saying is the facts aren’t what they are making them,” Avrill said immediately following the evening crash.
Jackson did not suffer injury in the crash, however medical personnel did evaluate him to be thorough.
Although police have refuted TMZ’s reports, it would not have been the first time a Buffalo Bill became embroiled in an illegal street racing case. Marcell Dareus, who recently signed a major contract extension, was arrested crashing on Milestrip Road on the McKinley Parkway after an alleged street racing crash.